Thales furthers future cockpit functionality

Thales has unveiled further state-of-the-art innovations to its revolutionary interactive cockpit design, ODICIS, which seeks to shape the future of commercial and military avionics platforms.

Thales said its futuristic cockpit concept jumps even further ahead of the emerging requirements dictated by high profile programmes such as SESAR/NextGen and Clean Sky with the introduction of these new state-of-the-art functions in order to comply fully with the future demands posed by the programmes.

“Programmes such as SESAR, NextGen and Clean Sky represent the true potential of the aviation industry and Thales is proud of its leading role in SESAR. As the only player in the Undertaking to have taken the leadership position in both the air and ground segments Thales has supplied all the on-board and many of the ground surveillance and positioning instruments necessary for the successful completion of the I4D flight earlier this year,” it said.

Thales said it was the only player in the market to be able to develop a future cockpit concept capable of handling the host of new information which will need to be displayed to comply with these programmes and therefore the amount of data the crew will need to handle in the future. ODICIS at the Farnborough Airshow, displays all relevant information in a simpler and clearer fashion on a larger and more legible display to ease workload and complexity.

With its touchscreen-based display concept, ODICIS can be configured to provide more freedom in how the display space and touchscreen surface are used, enabling information to be presented in new ways across all types of aircraft. This new technology draws on applied research work undertaken for the Cockpit 3.0 initiative and creates a crew-centric system with simpler and more instinctive human-system interfaces allowing the pilot to focus fully on the job of flying the aircraft whilst keeping the entire display area on screen.

On top of all these innovations the following functions, are present:

  • I4D (Initial 4D Trajectory) giving a time constraint at meeting point to each aircraft converging to this point, in order to sequence traffic. To demonstrate this ODICIS will include replay of the flight trial in February 2012, from Ground and Air Segments
  • D-Taxi (Digital-Taxi) uplink of the cleared taxi route via CPDLC (Controller Pilot DataLink Communication) and representation of the taxi path in the cockpit displays
  • ASAS (Airborne Separation Assistance Systems) spacing which helps create a regular traffic flow by ensuring an aircraft adjusts its speed so that it can keep its spacing relative to another aircraft, and therefore merges according to the requirement set by the controller
  • ECO Take-Off optimized take-off and climb profile in order to define the trade-off between CO2 emissions and noise reductions

Commenting on these developments Richard Perrot, head of Thales Avionics’ marketing department said: “As one of the world’s leaders in both aircraft avionics and air traffic management solutions, we are fully committed to make ground and air segments work seamlessly together. We are also deeply involved in improving system and interface management to design a new cockpit philosophy.”

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